The industrial style has its origins in New York City and London. During the 1960s, people within the arts and culture scene were struggling to find affordable living spaces.
The industrial style has its origins in New York City and London. During the 1960s, people within the arts and culture scene were struggling to find affordable living spaces. The solution: renting rooms in vacant warehouses and factory buildings. Venues like these thus turned into apartments that also served as ateliers and workshops at the same time. Initially, the industrial style therefore emerged out of a mere necessity: for many, old production sites were the only housing option in huge metropolitan areas.
Toward the end of the 1980s, the trend found its way to other European countries as well. At this point, it was much more than a way to make ends meet: industrial-style furniture and decor became increasingly popular, especially in affluent, upscale communities. Today, it’s still a source of inspiration for many contemporary homes.
Industrial-style settings stands out with their raw, cool aesthetics – reminiscent of factories and storage facilities. The spatial concept is characterised by huge ceilings, open floor plans, and large windows. Non-plastered brick walls and materials such as metal, wood, and concrete further underscore the nitty-gritty feel. Bare light bulbs and similarly understated details are also typical for industrial decor.
Creating the real look-and-feel works best if you have a lot of space and high ceilings. To that end, loft apartments and flats in older buildings provide the perfect background. Industrial-style kitchens or living rooms are usually based on an open floor plan, with fluid boundaries between different areas.
Non-plastered walls or exposed pipes and concrete are hallmark features of industrial interior design. If you live for rent and can’t do major renovations, you still have plenty of options: wallpaper, for example, can look just like brickwork or natural stone.
When it comes to choosing colours, less is definitely more. The most common choices for homes in industrial style are neutral tones such as white, grey, and black. You could also add some eye-catching highlights in between – with rusty red, bronze, or stainless steel.
Distinguished design doesn’t always have to be expensive: a trip to the flea market or a glance at local ads often yields pleasant surprises. For industrial-style dining tables or cupboards, we recommend wooden (and untreated) materials. No need to shy away from signs of wear-and-tear or patina: after all, that’s what brings out the rustic charm of your interior.
A few carefully selected details can do wonders to round off the overall look. How about some surface-mounted switches in modern minimalist design, for example? Along with that, vintage treasures such as old time clocks or vinyl record players create an intriguing play of contrasts. In living rooms, industrial-style floor lamps and couch tables with a metal finish are a good choice if you want a cosy ambience with an edge.
Which floor coverings accentuate the industrial style best?
For your flooring, you should use robust and long-lasting materials that blend in seamlessly – wood planks, natural stone, or untreated coating, for instance.
Which wall colours match with the industrial style?
On the walls, you can set the scene with the help of earthy tones of beige and brown. Cooler shades look great as well – from light grey to dark anthracite. To throw in some sparkling highlights here and there, you can opt for metallic elements – e. g. stainless steel or bronze.
What’s the right furniture for industrial-style flats?
When choosing furniture, it’s all in the mix. Vintage finds can accentuate industrial interior just as well as modern design pieces. By way of example, you could place an old wooden dining table alongside black metal chairs or bar stools. You shouldn’t go overboard with playful details though – try to avoid decorative patterns or carvings.
Gira surface-mounted design lines
The surface-mounted design lines Gira E2, Gira Studio, and Gira Standard 55 are ideal for rooms where you can’t or don’t want to tear open walls.
Gira System 55
Thanks to the Gira System 55, you can easily find switches and socket outlets that match your personal style. It allows you to freely combine or exchange frames and inserts, just like a modular assembly kit. Six design lines with more than 90 frame designs offer countless options for any interior.
Thanks to its streamlined minimalist design, the timeless and original Gira E2 design line is the perfect complement to a range of interior styles. Choose between the shatter-proof UV-resistant plastic versions in pure white matt, pure white glossy, black matt, aluminium (varnished) and anthracite, or stainless steel.
Stand out. Dare to try something new. Simply combine classic and avant-garde: The Gira Studio design line adds dashes of style, fitting perfectly with an avant-garde living style. As a trendsetter, Gira has demonstrated a sensitive grasp of innovative design with this design line, without compromising on functionality. Square and round. Black in black, white in white, or do you prefer contrasting black and white? With this design line, it’s up to you to set the stylish tone. As a surface-mounted variant, the Gira Studio design line is often used as a design highlight on the wall in loft apartments.
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